Hanging clothes out to dry lands woman in court.

From the you-have-got-to-be-fucking-kidding-me department comes a news item about a Florida woman who found herself in court for a second time because she hangs her laundry out to dry. Apparently this offends some people and the community in which she lives has an ordinance dictating where the clothes line must be placed. An ordnance that can’t be enforced due to a solar rights law that prevents local ordinances from restricting solar devices, which a clothes line is considered to be. This time around it was a complaint by a contractor building multimillion dollar homes nearby that landed Poppy Madden back in court:

Complaint about laundry line doesn’t wash in Fort Lauderdale: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“I’m sure if you bought a $3 million house and your neighbor across the street has purple panties flying in plain visibility, you wouldn’t want her doing that,” said Robert Strauss of Floridian Estate Builders.

Honestly, if I could afford a multimillion dollar home I wouldn’t give a shit if the neighbors were air drying their purple panties as long as they weren’t doing it naked. And even if they were doing it naked I might not mind depending on their relative attractiveness. If I can afford a house like that then I can afford a television set worth staring at more than my neighbor’s laundry.

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but for growing up in what could be considered a minor urban city (Pontiac, Michigan) the neighborhood I lived in had more than a few clotheslines in the side and back yards of the homes. We even had one that my mother would use every so often. It’s a lot more work and it takes longer, but there is something about line drying clothes that makes it worthwhile for a lot of people.

So I grew up seeing clothes out on the line, including the unmentionables, and perhaps that’s why I don’t understand what the big friggin’ deal is. Grow the hell up, people. It’s not like underwear is a big secret or something.

12 thoughts on “Hanging clothes out to dry lands woman in court.

  1. Gawd forbid the rich folk have their tender sensibilities offended by having to see someone’s laundry drying in the sun, because their “peasant” neighbor wants to save herself a little money on the utility bill, and a bit of labor by not having to iron a few things.

    Man, I’m a bit jealous of Ms. Madden.  I’d love to be able to line-dry laundry sometimes, but around here it’d come back dry, unwrinkled and covered in dust and whatever it is that makes up the smog in my neck of the woods (car exhaust, jet offal, pollen etc.).

    Angelenos don’t breathe anything we can’t SEE!

  2. From what I gather this is a city ordinance that is currently in doubt due to the solar rights law.

    But in reality, the use of one’s personal land is restricted either by public law such as city planning or ordinance or private law such as restrictive covenants.

    If not for the solar rights law, I do not really see what the problem is with someone making sure that the neighbours abides by the rules relating to the community. Furthermore, it is not as if the ordinance prevents her from using clothes line but rather simply calls for her to place it in a certain manner.

    Clothes lines are not something that increase the value of the neighbourhood. I do not really think it decreases the value but there are a number of people who feel that it does decrease the value. Not too sure if you have played this little computer game called simcity, but one of the things that appear in a crappy neighbourhood or a neighbourhood going down the dumps is the appearance of clothing lines.

    Considering that this is Fort Lauderdale, I would think that this ordinance caters to the wealthy wanting to purchase a home in the area.

  3. Good thing this post is right next to the one about global warming - they are related so I can’t decide which one to respond to.  Drying clothes on the line saves a butt-load of energy which reduces carbon output, which is a “good thing.”

    Also funny that SimCity uses clotheslines as a signal for a neighborhood going downhill.  A visible clothesline means you have a thrifty, environmentally conscious, hardworking neighbor.  A lawsuit against your clothesline means you have an asshole for a neighbor.

    So what’s the most reliable sign of a neighborhood going downhill?  I vote “high-priced cars and expensive homes with manicured yards.”

    Rich people need to close their eyes, take a deep breath, and repeat the phrase, “Live and let live” over and over.

  4. Maybe all a clothesline means is someone loves the smell of clothes dried in the wind and under the sun, which you cannot get from a dryer.  Has no bearing on socioeconomic status or whether or not a neighborbood is going downhill.  I grew up in the largest and nicest home in a very upscale neighborhood and we all line-dried our clothes simply because we liked the smell.

  5. Right on, Cindi!  I forgot to mention how nice line-dried clothes smell and feel.  And I actually like to see clothes on the line.  It’s a sign of life - people live there.  Like the grass isn’t perfect because children play kickball on it.  And someone’s barbecuing in the back yard.

  6. What assholes.  you can’t move your development in and then try to dictate how other people are going to live.  DOF pointed out that she is doing more to [B]improve[/B] the enviromental situation and saving a few bucks to boot.

    There are plenty of multi-million dollar developments around that they can go build in and let their maids take the laundry to air dry in some other neighborhood.  I would bet it happens.

    If they make her take down the line she should head on over to Here to put it to secondary use.

    Thinking of those freshly, aired sheets is making me sleepy…

  7. Damn, somehow this ended up in the wrong thread! Sorry bout that! Is there any way to fix it and do you accept checks?

  8. Lets hope that the rest of the neighborhood sees the light and everyone puts up clotheslines! Maybe they can get those prices down a million or so.

  9. I’ll see you your nitpicky, retarded Floridians and raise you some canine involvement:

    object to even a puppy’s tiny tinkle.  Ron Rupe complains about the dogs:  “How do you pick up urine? How do you pick up diarrhea?

  10. Wonder how much birdshit lands on their property every day?  Then there’s squirrels, voles, bats, cats, raccoons, rabbits, bugs (hey, bugs shit too), and the occasional drunk.

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